June 20, 2023
Stella Thornton (left) watches as Gov. Joe Lombardo (seated) signs SB80 during the bill's ceremonial signing in Carson City on Thursday, June 15, 2023.
Despite his well-documented opposition to a state-managed public health care option, Gov. Joe Lombardo’s administration is moving forward on implementation with a twist — establishing a reinsurance program for the state. As part of implementing the public option, state officials are applying for a federal State Innovation Waiver, which allows states to apply for funding to help increase access to high-quality, affordable health insurance.
A year after creating a legal defense fund to pay legal fees related to a challenge to his primary victory by another candidate, Gov. Joe Lombardo’s campaign is using the fund to ward off a case from the Nevada Ethics Commission, which earlier this year levied a censure and $20,000 fine for Lombardo for using his sheriff’s badge and uniform in his campaign for governor.
Stella Thornton, surrounded by other youth legislators, gathered around Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo’s desk recently as he signed SB80, a bill Thornton said has been her life for the past two years. The bill — which was officially signed on June 6, but had its ceremonial bill signing nine days later — updates existing law to incorporate procedures for students returning to school after a traumatic brain injury. It’s the product of her own lived experience resuming classes after suffering two concussions.